USPS Cuts Saturday Delivery: 7 Ways This News Spells Disaster

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mailboxesHere we go again. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is making some more big changes that will send us all into a tizzy. The latest? Saturday delivery is about to go bye bye.

Because hey, if they're having trouble getting customers, the best way to attract more is by providing fewer services, right? Right?

Sigh. The Saturday delivery change won't go into effect for another six months, but we already know it's going to suck. Let's just count the ways, shall we?

1. If they don't deliver, they don't pick up that day. So if you're someone who puts out your mail for pickup, you're going to have to wait longer to see it happen. That's a big problem for seniors on fixed incomes who don't pay their bills online and who have to pay them at certain times of the month to stay on budget.

2. So much for that weekly magazine subscription. Monthly mags will be fine, but many weekly magazines specifically shoot for weekend delivery -- probably so you'll have time to read it.

3. Sorry, Netflix. The already beleaguered DVD system takes another hit here. People love to get their movies on Saturdays when they have time away from work to watch them. If you don't get the movie until Monday, you may have to hang onto it for a whole WEEK before you get to watch it!

4. More pressure to pay things online. Companies are already pushing us in this direction, which is great for some people. But one in five Americans still doesn't use the Internet! That doesn't just apply to people who prefer not to go digital. Many Americans don't have broadband Internet access. Others can't afford it.

5. More driving. The USPS promises it will keep post offices open on Saturday, so the lack of delivery won't affect everything, but now folks who are accustomed to some of the services that come with delivery will have to drive to a post office ... and shoulder the cost of the gas themselves.

6. Less hours for postal employees. No delivery means everyone who delivers will have their hours cut back. Fewer hours means less pay. Less pay means, well, you know what it means. It's bad for the postal workers and their families, and it's bad for the businesses where they shop.

7. Change is hard. OK, so it may not be enough of a reason for Washington, but it's the truth. This is a service many Americans count on, and it's changing ... and that just plain sucks!

And now we've got six months to adjust!

Are you happy to see this change or is it going to be a pain in the butt?


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Flori... Floridamom96

I vote we fire the whole entire USPS and let the private sector solve the problem. These people are an unmitigated disaster.

LostS... LostSoul88

a lot of the above reasons are selfish reasons. People need to get over themselves adn they can wait a couple more days for their magazine or their movie.

What people dont realize that thsi will save billions of dollars. USPS as been barley getting by. So its either they fire a lot of people to save cost or they do this. America is getting more and more selfish.

laris... larissalarie

I'm completely fine with it. None of those things listed are even remotely "disaster" and can all be compensated for if necessary.

CAP1015 CAP1015

Here's the biggest deal, we all know the USPS is a protected agency and you cannot legally compete with them (hence Fedex, UPS cannot deliver to mail boxes, po boxes), BUT it does not prevent them from being modern.  To the writer of the blog had we adopted your point of veiw they would still be using the pony express, yes?  The problem with the post office are many but here are the main ones:

1.) poor, pitiful customer service-ever been to a Post Office and more than one person was working?  Makes you want to go to a place that operates like the DMV?

2.) poor vision-----never expected the email/online changes, they are just getting to providing on-line services that are on par with the rest of the world.

3.) Products-the USPS has been beyond slow in responding to developing products/services to take advantage of their system and advantages as being a non-compete government agency.

One solution would be to charge Fedex, UPS, etc a fee to allow them to deliver to mail boxes and po boxes, it would be a gold mine and create postal jobs, because now all those packages that go to door steps because you can't send them to a PO box would now become a postal duty..............

nonmember avatar Jasmine

Seriously? They need to cut delivery down to three days a week. Who the heck mails anything anymore? Poor Netflix, what with their instant streaming service and all. One less day of junk to throw in the recycle bin is how I view it.

kelly... kelly24019

It's one day....

Flori... Floridamom96

Well, duh, lostsoul. The purpose of paying for a service is to get the service we want. What a seriously screwed up mentality you have. How on earth is it acceptable that consumers cannot choose how to get mail from point a to point b via competition? And then for you to tell consumers that they should just accept crappy and less available service from a protected quasi-government agency because they're doing such a poor job? These people are losing money because they are incompetent and should not supported and protected in their incompetence. Perhaps if they faced real life consequences for their failures they would do a better job. Notice how UPS and FedEx are doing just fine?

nonmember avatar Jc

Everyone will be fine, most colleges do the same thing if you live on campus (mail only runs monday through friday) and they get by and before you say college students dont have the same nedds a lot of them pay bills and do the same things and we are just fine and you'll be fine also

LostS... LostSoul88

so floridamom you rather have hundreds to thousands of people lose their job so you can get you bitch of the year magazine? You nd other people who think like you is whats wrong with America. SELFISH SELFISH SELFISH

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